Hoodoo Lady
Memphis Minnie Lyrics


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Hoodoo lady, how do you do?
They tell me you take a boot and turn it to a brand new shoe
But don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
'Cause I'm going back to Tennessee

Hoodoo lady, you can turn water to wine
I been wondering where have you been all this time
I'm setting here, broke, and I ain't got a dime
You ought to put something in these dukes of mine
But don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
'Cause I'm going back to Tennessee

(spoken: Boy, you better watch it 'cause she's tricky)

Hoodoo lady, I want you to unlock my door
So I can get in and get all my clothes
But don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
'Cause I'm going back to Tennessee

Now look-a here, hoodoo lady, I want you to treat me right
Bring my man back home but don't let him stay all night
And don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
'Cause I'm going back to Tennessee

(spoken: Boy, she's tricky as she can be. Better watch her, too

Why look-a here, hoodoo lady, I'm your friend
When you leave this time, come back again
But don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me




Don't put that thing on me
'Cause I'm going back to Tennessee

Overall Meaning

The song "Hoodoo Lady" by Memphis Minnie is a blues song that speaks about the eponymous hoodoo lady, an African-American practitioner of folk magic. The lyrics describe the singer's relationship with the hoodoo lady, with him being skeptical of her powers but seeking her help nonetheless. He acknowledges her ability to make new shoes out of old boots and to turn water to wine, and he asks her to unlock his door so he can retrieve his clothes. He also asks her to bring back his man but not let him stay all night.


Throughout the song, there is a repeated warning to the hoodoo lady not to "put that thing" on him, possibly referring to placing a curse or spell on him. The singer expresses a desire to return to Tennessee, which could be seen as a possible escape from the hoodoo lady's influence. The song ends with the singer asking the hoodoo lady to return again in the future, but again warning her not to place any spells on him.


Overall, the lyrics of "Hoodoo Lady" convey a sense of cautious awe towards hoodoo magic and its practitioners. The repeated warnings to avoid the hoodoo lady's spells suggest a belief in their potency while also indicating a fear of being negatively affected by them.


Line by Line Meaning

Hoodoo lady, how do you do?
Greetings, mystical woman of hoodoo magic. How do you fare?


They tell me you take a boot and turn it to a brand new shoe
I have heard rumors that you possess the power to transform a worn-out boot into a new shoe.


But don't put that thing on me
However, please do not attempt to use this magic on me.


'Cause I'm going back to Tennessee
For I have decided to return to my home state of Tennessee.


Hoodoo lady, you can turn water to wine
I have also heard that you are capable of performing a miracle, turning water into wine.


I been wondering where have you been all this time
I have been curious about your absence and whereabouts during my time of need.


You ought to put something in these dukes of mine
It would be much appreciated if you could provide some help or assistance to my empty pockets.


(spoken: Boy, you better watch it 'cause she's tricky)
(Spoken by an unknown person) Beware of her wiles, she is a skillful and cunning trickster.


Hoodoo lady, I want you to unlock my door
I require your services to open my locked door, so I can access my clothing and possessions.


So I can get in and get all my clothes
Once the door is unlocked, I would like to retrieve all of my clothing and personal belongings.


Now look-a here, hoodoo lady, I want you to treat me right
I have a request to make of you, powerful hoodoo woman. Please treat me fairly and justly.


Bring my man back home but don't let him stay all night
I require you to use your magic to bring my partner back to me, but I request that he not stay overnight.


(spoken: Boy, she's tricky as she can be. Better watch her, too)
(Spoken by an unknown person) Beware of her deceptions, she is extremely cunning and sly.


Why look-a here, hoodoo lady, I'm your friend
As a friendly conversationalist, I wish to identify myself as your ally and companion, hoodoo lady.


When you leave this time, come back again
I hope that when you depart, you will return to visit me again in the future.


'Cause I'm going back to Tennessee
But regardless of what happens, I have already decided to return to my home state of Tennessee.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: MCCOY MINNIE

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Comments from YouTube:

@1251caveman

She should have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in the early influence category. Her blues style is awesome and influential.

@leeedwards9275

Right??? It's staggering that artists (plural, not singular) who cover her songs are in the hall of fame, but not this phenomenal woman.

@Mercmad

Led Zeppelin for one, when the levee breaks. Was Written by minnie.

@lenilenape

@Mercmad

Led Zepplin borrowed plenty.

Software and music "writers" copy aplenty.

@bloodinthewater

@Marco Evans bullshit. No minnie = no zeppelin.

@MrDeaconEarl

@bloodinthewater I think he means she's bigger than the R & R HOF.

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@coxondod

One guitar. Only one track in those days.Thumping the rhythm with the thumb and the cool melodies with the fingers.
Blows my mind actually.

@thotballune

Don Carpenter it's so incredible

@scotclark7399

Unreal! Sounds like two guitars. Pretty amazing.

@RgTripleC

@Scot Clark It is two guitars. She always played in a duo or group. She always played lead though. Her rhythm guitars were usually one of her husbands... Kansas Joe McCoy or Little Son Joe Lawlers.

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